Thursday, September 30, 2010

House Revamp

After finishing the first house I posted, I realized the scale was incredibly off. I'm using 1/32 scale to match my matchbox cars and I guess I forgot to compare them when I was building so I ended up redoing it. The first picture is a comparison of the first house and the 2nd smaller version I did. The 2nd picture is of the 3 newly completed houses with the scale car so that you can see the size.

The houses were made using mainly the same techniques as the first one I built but obviously different alterations of it. Thanks to foamwerks, cutting the foamcore has been much much easier!

Here they are individually::

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1st House!

Above is the first house I have been working on for Nogales. It's a really beaten up one, as you can see. It needs a couple more layers of paint detail but because of all of the glue that's on it, it is taking some time to dry. It's made out of white foam core that i riped pieces of the coating off to expose and detail the foam (the bricks). The coated part was brushed with some water and glue and I put dirt on it. I then painted the dirt and that's what gives the outside that texture. It looks very jungle-esque right now, but I plan to change that with the next couple paint layers. The tops of the bricks need to be lightened and the stucco needs to be whitened.

Below were the preliminary sketches of some houses I was playing with for scaling and size. If you look to the right you can see the 1/32 scale car model I used for reference.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Building the City

I started drawing out some house designs based off of pictures of Nogales. It's a terribly decrepit city so not all of the houses are all there and none of them are very big, or fancy. They're generally earth tones with some reds and bright blues mixed in (the kind of blue that you find cheap pools painted with).

I decided to build the base of the landscape with pink foam and build it up. I need to start creating the houses first so I know how to shape the landscape, but I'm trying to think about what materials would be best to build them with. I think some of the roofs would be really cool using the corrugated part of corrugated cardboard (you know, so it looks like those aluminum spanish houses). I don't know if making the houses out of cardboard is my best best. I'm trying to do this low budget but I don't want it to look cheap. I did learn some cool tricks at Charged though. Will glued sand to the outside of cardboard and made it look like stucco, so I may see how that looks and do a couple run throughs, maybe even use foam board or hard board (since I have a lot of both).

Here's some more pictures of Nogales and the houses that I'm building. I have some sketches and pictures of the trucks I still have to upload, COMING SOON!

NOTE::: The 2nd picture needs to be clicked on to really see it...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hybrids and Matchbox Trucks!

So I finally found affordable matchbox trucks! I got 15 of them (3 sets) and decided to put my dremel to work and hybrid them... pictures to come!

I'm also testing some painting on the spare trucks I have.

Sunday, September 19, 2010



Miniature of Nogales Mexico
2 Miniature trucks, 1/32 and one larger
Pan of the city, truck driving down the dirt road and then a zoom on the back of the truck at the end showing the pigs in the back.

The end result will yield a short PSA.


So, influenza has been brought back up from the dead, but shorter and more PSA-y. It's going to be the first part of it, so the pan of Nogales Mexico and the truck driving down the road. The picture above is of Nogales. I intend to recreate the cityscape in miniatures. I'm basing the size of my city around the side of the truck. I believe the most efficient way of doing it is to have 2 trucks, one small one to drive down the road and one bigger one so that I can zoom up on it and not have to make the city 20 feet long. I'm looking for a miniature truck online so that I have something to base my larger truck off of when I build it by hand. I'm hoping for the city to be a few feet long by a few feet deep. The miniature car will be about 3 or 4 inches long. The picture below is the truck I hope to use.